Friday, November 15, 2013

Identifying the commonalities of my new subject...

...for my forthcoming project.  My new subject has many of the same interests in nature as I, therefore I am exploring the common interests by repurposing a previous composition that blend and represents my new subject with some of my previous aesthetic concerns.  Below is an in progress work and two details from that work comprised of ink on Yupo, 30" x 40".

A working country is hardly ever a landscape. The very idea of landscape implies separation and observation. It is possible and useful to trace the internal histories of landscape painting, landscape writing, landscape gardening and landscape architecture, but in any final analysis we must relate these histories to the common history of a land and its society. We have many excellent internal histories, but in their implicit and sometimes explicit points of view they are ordinarily part of that social composition of ht land - its distribution, its uses, and its control - which has been uncritically received and sustained, even into our own century, where the celebration of its achievements is characteristically part of an elegy for a lost way of life.

- Pauline Fletcher, Gardens and Grim Ravines: The Language of Landscape in Victorian Poetry (1983)

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